Chubby Checker twists into Tahoe next week
Unrivaled king of rock and roll dance and twist-master extraordinaire Chubby Checker performs live in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe for one night only, Saturday, Nov. 17.
Born in Spring Gulley, South Carolina in 1941 and then raised in South Philadelphia since the age of three, Chubby Checker knew from a young age he wanted to pursue a career in entertainment. While working at a local poultry market, Checker would sing and crack jokes to visiting customers. The store owner, Henry Colt was so impressed he arranged a private recording of “Jingle Bells” for Dick Clark.
Since 1959, Chubby Checker has been considered the greatest innovator of “dancing apart from the beat” with the release of “The Twist.” This instantly made him a household name around the world, from fans of Clark’s “American Bandstand” TV show to European royalty. It wasn’t until the autumn of 1960 that “The Twist” rocketed to No. 1 and remained on the charts for four months. Then in late 1961, “The Twist” remerged making its way to No. 1 once again, spending an amazing nine months total on the U.S. best seller charts. Checker is the only artist in music history to have a song reach No. 1 on the charts twice.
Before the end of ’61, Checker reached No. 1 with “Do the Pony” and Top 10 with “Let’s Twist Again.”
“Let’s Twist Again” later became his first platinum album and also won a Grammy for “Best Rock Performance.” Other smash singles to follow in 1962 included “Slow Twistin,'” “Limbo Rock,” and “Popeye the Hitchhiker.” He is the only artist to have five albums in the Top 12 all at one time.
During this phase, Chubby even found time to star in a pair of feature films, “Twist Around the Clock” and “Don’t Knock the Twist.”
Today, Checker continues 40 years of live performances while releasing new studio music. His Maxi-single “Limbo Rock Re-Mixes” and “The Original Master of the Dance Hall Beat” were both on the Billboard Charts attracting a new generation of fans.
Twist-master Chubby Checker is on stage in Harrah’s South Shore Room, Saturday, Nov. 17. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $40 plus tax. Total Rewards card holders can receive $5 off the ticket price by using their card when making reservations. For more information and to purchase tickets call 1-800-786-8208.
The Kenny Loggins is up next in the South Shore Room for two nights over Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23 and 24.
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